A Pen or Pencil Community Roundtable discussion will address a new crime prevention strategy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St. The community is invited to attend.


Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. will introduce Indiana’s national Ten Point Coalition for Pine Bluff “to positively influence the lives of young people, families and neighborhoods by implementing strategies to reduce violence and emphasize the importance of education, employment and community partnerships,” according to a news release.


Participants will include Mayor Shirley M. Washington, Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s representative Charles E. Williams, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s representative Samantha Montgomery, Arkansas State Police Director Bill Bryant, Go Forward Pine Bluff CEO Ryan Watley, Circuit Judge Sixth Division Earnest E. Brown Jr.’s representative Eric Waldon, Lloyd A. Franklin Sr., businessman, Derrick L. Newby Sr., president PBICVR, and the Pine Bluff Faith Community Coalition Ministerial Alliance.


PBICVR has also invited Eugene F. Rivers III, a pastor and president of the National Ten Point Training Institute, and Terry A. Webster Sr., a pastor and board member with the Indianapolis, Ind., Ten Point Coalition.


“Recognized as one of the most effective crusaders against gang violence, Dr. Rivers founded Azusa Christian Community in 1984 in the Four Corners section of Boston’s inner-city Dorchester neighborhood,” according to a news release. “As president of the National Ten Point Leadership Foundation (now National Ten Point Training Institute), he worked to build new grassroots leadership in 40 of the worst inner-city neighborhoods in inner city America.”


According to the release, Webster is senior pastor of Nu Corinthian Baptist Church at Indianapolis.


“In the Fall of 2017, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry and Business Administration (DMin) from GMOR Theological Institute. Pastor Webster established Nu Corinthian Dad’s Club at Pike High School. He founded Inner City Ministries, Sanctity of Salvation (ICMSOS),” according to the release.


The Rev. Glenn Barnes Sr., pastor of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, will be the facilitator at the roundtable. The Rev. Derick Easter is pastor of the host church, New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Turner is executive director of Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc.